So today was an actual gym, bright and early at 8 AM and it kicked my ass in the best kind of way. It’s called Nxt Level Performance in Easton, PA on 323 Pine Street. Ollie Thomas just started renting the space, and had been previously working for a different gym before this. A couple of my friends have been going to his workouts for a few months now, and I had heard much about this man through a friend of mine Peggy. It was finally nice to meet the man who has really affected her life and body in such a positive way.
Ollie Thomas at his gym Nxt Level Performance
I can see why they continued with him. He kicked my ass with a circuit training, which I had never really done before, that included a bit of everything. Including a lot of cardio and a lot of core ab work. I think every exercise we did involved some kind of core muscle involvement. Today proved that my cardio endurance is in serious need of improvement, to say the least. Ollie pushed me beyond where I thought I could go, but it wasn’t your typical aggressive trainer behavior. It was more like nudging and overall encouragement. He made sure I was always doing the correct form, and that was one of his focuses for me today. He knows I’m doing this 20 gyms in 20 days thing, and he wants to me get the motion right now. This is why I can see him being quite successful in his new business because he actually cares. The cost of the class? A whole five dollars. Yes, that’s right a 50 minute, almost 1:1 personal training session due to small class size was five dollars. It was hard, pushed my limits, and activities were quite varied. A full body workout with cardio achieved in 50 minutes or so is damn efficient.
I’ll have another soreness report tomorrow. I am utilizing my Arbonne Phytosport line to help heal my muscles, hydrate, and thereby preventing or reducing soreness. So far it has worked splendidly, along with stretching throughout the day and before bed. I do think my abs might be sore tomorrow because it really was a hell of a workout for my core.
Updated for full review.
This is going to be short due to it being late, but my first day of this was pretty cool. I took a Barre Fitness which is kind of like a bootcamp featuring yoga, all sorts of body movement, and a bit of dance that was a whole body workout. It was an unique experience because I’ve never done a class outside of paddling and yoga, and it was intense and yet not. I really liked the instructor who was a good blend of sass, technique, and encouragement. One of my classmates, who has been doing it for awhile, called her . I’m curious to see how sore I am tomorrow. It was at Cornerstone Health and Fitness in New Hope, PA. And the whole vibe of the place was laid-back, but very informative and not salesy (is that a word?) at all. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am looking forward to going back.
When I got an official tour of the place, membership services, etc. The woman asked me if I was used to gyms because I didn’t have much trouble during the class. Which I thought was both a compliment and an intriguing question, because I am not a gym person. I have been a member infrequently, and not anytime recently. It made me think that maybe Maria was onto something with this challenge and suggestion. I will keep you guys posted.
Morning Soreness update: Surprisingly not that sore. Yay for Arbonne hydration, post workout shake, and stretching before bed.
My friend Maria challenged me to this 20 gyms in 20 days thing, and then suggested I blog about it. Since everything she has ever suggested has turned out to be pretty awesome, I figured why not? I’m going to be blogging about this journey every day for the next 20 days (I may miss one or two days here and there). This will do two things: 1) hold me accountable, 2) provide me a written journey of what this will mean for my body, mind, etc. I’m actually pretty psyched about it the more I realize I am actually committed to doing it.
My first class tomorrow will be a Barre Fitness class that is all core and toning. Something I need lacking right now, and that needs to be addressed. I am hoping to find another niche besides paddling, Arbonne, and writing.
DISCLAIMER (I really wish I didn’t have to do this): I am not a personal training, fitness guru, etc. I’m a chick who is on a mission to be the best version of myself, and for my little pudge to be gone. If I can help other people in the process, WOOT.